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Clean Force wins Social Enterprise of the Year award

Clean Force Property Services, a WISE Employment social enterprise, has recently scooped the most prestigious of Australian industry accolades, the Social Traders Social Enterprise of the Year award in the large employer category.

Jim Dinuccio (left) and Paul Fraser (middle) from Clean Force accept the Social Enterprise Award of the Year Award from the Hon Mitch Fifield (right).

Announced on 12 June 2014 at a cocktail event in Southbank, Melbourne, the Social Enterprise Awards were awarded by The Hon Mitch Fifield, Assistant Minister for Social Services, who presented the award to the Clean Force Management and supervisory team: Jim Dinuccio (State Manager Social Enterprises), Paul Fraser (Manager, Clean Force Property Services), Frank Dinuccio (Social Enterprises Contract Supervisor), Cheryl Katselis (Clean Force Team Leader), Jacquie Murphy (Employment Support Officer) and Vaibhav Bagaitkar (Clean Force Contract Supervisor).

“A big sincere thank you goes out to all our loyal Clean Force customers, many of whom have been customers for years, for their ongoing support and unwavering enthusiasm in helping Clean Force stay sustainable and help hundreds of disadvantaged people into employment,” said Paul Fraser, Manager of Clean Force Property Services. “I’d like to thank each Clean Force staff member, both current and past, who have contributed their skills, time and effort towards helping Clean Force become the commercially successful and community-focused social enterprise success it is. We’re all part of one big happy family.”

An enduring commercially successful social enterprise that delivers significant employment benefits for disadvantaged people, including people with mental illness and people who have a disability, Clean Force has a current workforce of 84 people. The social enterprise has delivered over $16 million in commercial cleaning contracts since inception in 2001, and has empowered over 200 workers towards independent living, self-sufficiency, inclusion and integration into all aspects of community. Clean Force clients include Telstra, Berry Street, AMES, Northern Support Services and the Queen Victorian Women’s Trust.

Clean Force management team.

The 2014 Social Enterprise Awards received 87 applications across six categories. From a shortlist of 23, a unique panel of sector experts awarded the winners assessed in each category. The calibre of social enterprises shortlisted this year was outstanding and demonstrated that there are exciting developments in the future of social enterprises.

Social Traders developed the Social Enterprise Awards to recognise the impact of individual organisations contributing solutions to the community’s most difficult challenges, and to celebrate the breadth of talent and innovative thinking behind their development.

Congratulations to all the other winners of the 2014 Social Enterprise Awards:

• Social Enterprise of the Year – small: SEED

• One-to-Watch Award: 40K Group

• Social Investment Award: The Integrated Medical Centre, investment by Social

• Ventures Australia , Social Traders and cohealth

• Social Innovation Award: Thankyou.

• Buy Social Award: City of Gold Coast

Photos courtesy of Social Traders.

Clean Force nominated for Northern Business Achievement Awards (NBAA) and shortlisted for 2014 Social Enterprise Awards

For the second consecutive year, Clean Force Property Services (Clean Force), a WISE Employment social enterprise, has been announced as a finalist for the Social Traders Social Enterprise of the Year Awards – this year in the ‘Large’ category. Other shortlisted social enterprises in the ‘Large’ category are The Smith Family Recycling Operation, The Work Group, and Softlanding Mattress Recycling.

A few members of the Clean Force team, nominated for the Social Enterprise Awards 2014.

Members of the Clean Force team.

The Social Enterprise Awards, an initiative by Social Traders, are the only national awards for Australian social enterprise. A total of 87 applications were received for the awards’ six categories. The aim of the Social Enterprise Awards is to increase awareness of the role and diversity of social enterprises in Australia by creating a long term, high profile event.

Clean Force has also been nominated in the Northern Business Achievement Awards (NBAA). The NBAA Awards recognise the business achievements of small to medium enterprises (SMEs) in the northern region of Melbourne, aiming to foster and encourage businesses in the region to achieve business excellence, growth and competitiveness. The NBAA are a partnership of industry, education, local and state government and decision makers across Melbourne’s north.

An enduring commercially successful social enterprise that delivers significant employment benefits for disadvantaged people, including people with mental illness and people who have a disability, Clean Force has a current workforce of 84 people. The social enterprise has delivered over $16 million in commercial cleaning contracts since inception, and has empowered over 200 workers towards independent living, inclusion and integration into all aspects of community. Clean Force clients include Telstra, Berry Street, AMES, Northern Support Services and the Queen Victorian Women’s Trust.

Matthew Lambelle, CEO of WISE Employment, says that being shortlisted as a finalist in the Social Enterprise Awards and being nominated for the NBAA  “is a credit to Clean Force’s management and employees’ tireless effort and passion for delivering an excellent cleaning service to its customers, providing quality jobs for its employees – many who have been excluded from work previously due to mental illness – and a ‘never giving up on anybody’ attitude.”

Clean Force managers Jim Dinuccio and Paul Fraser started Clean Force in 2001, and, from humble beginnings that included a mop, a bucket and one cleaner, have built a successful social enterprise.

“Clean Force is dedicated to its workforce and has an important role in the prevention of unemployment, and hardship of vulnerable people, especially those who experience severe and persistent mental illness,” says Matthew Lambelle. “The opportunities created by Clean Force optimise employees’ self-determination and career progression for an improved quality of life towards self-sufficiency.”

The Social Enterprise Awards winners will be announced at a presentation event on Thursday 12 June in Melbourne. Read more about the Social Enterprise Awards.

NBAA winners will be announced in December 2014. Read more about the Northern Business Achievement Awards (NBAA).

 

Clean Force welcomes 16 new staff

On 21st December 2012, WISE officially absorbed a cleaning social enterprise known as Magic Green Clean in Melbourne that had been running for around five years under the auspice of Adult Multicultural Education Services (AMES).

The new staff members are predominantly from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. They have all been warmly welcomed as new members of the larger Clean Force team which now stands at 84 strong.

The amalgamation increases Clean Force’s footprint into the south of Melbourne and provides increased scope for further growth and more jobs for people who are often excluded from the workforce due to mental illness, disability or other barriers to employment.

Absorbing Magic Green Clean further cements Clean Force’s position as a leading cleaning social enterprise in Melbourne, Australia.

The Clean Force team continue to move from strength to strength.

Clean Force and Telstra

Over the last year, Telstra teamed up with Clean Force and other supporting not-for-profit groups to employ a range of people, including people with intellectual and physical disability. Telstra is now part of a program and supporting community groups, providing meaningful and valued employment to people with a disability. Clean Force is proud to work hand in hand with Telstra, assisting with the cleaning of Telstra sites across Melbourne.

“The work Telstra contracts to Clean Force provides more than just jobs and income for our employees, it gives them a reason to get out of the house, be physically active, connect with others, create friendships and build a sense of employee pride for being trusted by such a well known company to do a good job. It’s more than just cleaning, it’s about inclusion and Telstra’s work is having a positive impact on our employees” Matthew Lambelle, General Manager Clean Force Property Services.